Tuesday, July 25, 1916 The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto) Page 1, col. 3

An ice famine threatens city, may be averted

Ice trains from Lake Simcoe held up by derailment, promised 2.30.

Firms refuse order appeal to Ry. Board.

Situation without precedent—Reserve stocks depleted.

Toronto is face to face with the most serious ice famine in many years. The hot weather of the past three weeks has increased the demand by 100 per cent. The G.T.R. train service which brings ice to the city from north of Orillia, on Lake Simcoe, has partially broken down, and reserve supplies kept here against just such an emergency will be exhausted before the end of the present month, unless early relief is found.

To offset this alarming condition the G.T.R. promised to-day to have the delayed ice train to the city by 2.30 o'clock this afternoon. They also promise a regular service for the remainder of the summer.

G.T.R. promises relief.

The Grand Trunk in a statement to The Star to-day, promised to give a better ice train service from the Lake Simcoe-Couchiching district. They admit that the service has not been a satisfactory one, and promise to do better. They will have an ice train into Toronto every night at midnight without fail. This promise was also given to representatives of the ice companies, who called upon Mr. H. E. Whittenberger, general superintendent of the G.T.R., at the Union Station this morning, and demanded a better service.

Mr. Whittenberger said he appreciated the conditions of the warm weather and the lack of ice, and stated that he would see to it himself that the Grand Trunk gave a better service.

The G.T.R. train bearing ice to Toronto will arrive here at 2.30 p.m. to-day, or sooner, said he.

A freight derailment between Georgetown and Burlington was the direct cause of the non-arrival of the ice train.

The heavy rush of freight and passenger traffic to Camp Borden, Muskoka, and the north, is taxing the

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